Friday, 31 December 2010

Rachel's Stocking

This year I made a stocking for my niece's first Christmas. It was made in the same style as Isabel's one was, but having learned from making that one I've made some improvements. I made sure this one was a bit bigger and also I didn't use any fabric glue this time as I found it made messy marks and made the fabric go a bit hard in places. Also,this time the backing was made from a lovely, shiny teal quilted material that Louise gave me ( it was her old quilt) and this made a better base to sew on to than felt, which I used last time.

I'm extremely chuffed with this stocking, and I think Rachel and her parents are too!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Gift Tags

We've been making our own gift tags this year. Belle helped by stamping ( her choice of)  three different Christmas sponges in metallic paint on to white paper, which I then cut out and mounted on to coloured card. I then used a shape cutter to cut out stars/ snowflakes which were threaded on to the gift tag ribbon.

I really liked coming up with different colour and pattern combinations for the tags and I'm really pleased with the outcome. I would've liked to have come up with a quicker method for cutting out the two circles needed for each of the 20 tags I  made though as it took several evenings to make them all!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Fairy Cakes

Isabel and I  made some fairy cakes this evening. Well, I made the cakes ( just a Victoria sponge recipe) and Isabel iced and decorated them. She loved doing this and I was really quite impressed by how good she was at applying the icing. Anyway, I wont bore you with the details of how to make fairy cakes. I'll just tell you that they were some of the best cakes I've ever made! Even Will was impressed. Although he was not so impressed about them being drowned in hundreds and thousands.